Three suspects arrested in Centreville burglaries
CENTREVILLE — Three suspects have been apprehended in a string of robberies that have left Northbrook residents feeling uneasy for the past several weeks. Centreville Police Chief Charlie Rhodes reported that early Friday morning, Feb. 3, a resident in the Northbrook community reported seeing a subject entering his vehicle.
Centreville Police quickly responded to look for the subject, Rhodes said. The first unit that arrived located a dark colored Chevrolet Tahoe parked in the far area of the development. As the officer approached the Tahoe, an interior light came on and several subjects ran from the vehicle.
Centreville Police officers gave chase and were able to capture one of the suspects. Additional units from the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police responded and assisted with the search, locating and arresting a second suspect, confirmed Lt. Dale Patrick, spokesman with the sheriff’s office.
The search continued for a third suspect. An unmarked unit kept surveillance on the Tahoe, and the third person soon returned to the vehicle and attempted to leave Northbrook, police said. The Tahoe was stopped and the suspect arrested without
incident, they said.
Jeremy Scott Humphries, age 25 of Lanham, Andrew James Buter, 24, of Bowie, and Joseph Paul Boyer, 25, of Bowie were taken into custody.
Both police agencies reported finding numerous stolen tools, GPS units, sunglasses, clothing, a trumpet and other items in the Tahoe. As officers looked over the items, several pieces were identified as items taken from Earle Branch, Upper Mill and locations near Church Hill over the past two weeks in other burglaries.
A post on the “I live in North-Brook” Facebook page has led to several victims responding to the Centreville Police to identify and reclaim their property. Rhodes said there remain numerous items still to be returned, including several pieces of quality jewelry that appear to have been taken from the same victim.
As of late Friday evening, the three suspects remained in custody with a joint investigation continuing by Centreville Police and the sheriff’s office. Law enforcement agencies from the western shore have also been contacted and are aiding in the investigation.
Court records show Humphries scheduled for trial April 3 in Queen Anne’s County on five misdemeanor charges, including theft, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order, and one felony charge of theft greater than $1,000. Humphries posted bond and has been released pending trial.
Boyer has been ordered to appear for a preliminary hearing, March 8, on one charge of rogue and vagabond, a misdemeanor, and one felony charge of theft over $1,000.
Centreville Police remind and urge citizens to always lock their vehicles, houses, attached garages and outbuildings. When at all possible, always remove valuables from the vehicles or at least make sure they are not in plain sight.
Rhodes said, “As always, if you see something strange or out of the ordinary, say something.”
JOSEPH PAUL BOYER
JEREMY SCOTT HUMPHRIES
ANDREW JAMES BUTER
Multiple stolen items were located in this Chevrolet Tahoe on Feb. 3.
The view from an upstairs window in the community of Northbrook on Feb. 3 while officers from the Centreville Police Department and Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into stolen property.